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Welcome to the latest issue of the High Tech AIDCourier. The first issue in 2009.

Steve HallidayThis last month seems to have been very slow for news in our industry. As we move further into January we are starting to see things pick up. Like many other industries we have been hit by the current economic climate. However, I am seeing things that suggest that companies need the technology more than ever. This could bode well for the industry if we are able to take advantage of it. Get your best marketing hats on and work out those ROI potentials.

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Technology News Briefs

RFID Standards

The holidays have slowed things down as far as meetings are concerned but there has been no slow down in the amount of work that is underway. We have seen ballots for 18000-7 and 18000-3 close and a new ballot for 18000-6 start. If you have an interest in these standards, then let me know.

If you want more information on ISO standardization or on any issue of RFID standardization, then email

Radio Frequency Identification

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals'

Had'em rolling in the aisles

RFID's Security Problem

Are U.S. passport cards and truly secure?

Firms win Defense contracts

To provide new RFID technology


Becomes TSA-approved vendor

Banks Ordering

Pre-Tagged RFID Computer Gear

RFID Technology Enters

The Celebrity Big Brother House

RF Code Announces

On-Command Beaconing Solution for its Active RFID Tags

Financial institutions collaborate

List requirements for RFID Data Center Asset Tracking Standard


What every RF engineer should know;jsessionid=



Roadmap to ubiquity

U.S. citizens

Are being enrolled in a Global Biometric ID program


Obama may spend a billion on biometrics

Army announces

Winners of $497 million biometrics contract$497+million+

Deportee scams biometric screener

Re-enters country


UK ID card scheme

Catches first illegal immigrant

EU raids smart card chipmakers

(More) suspicions of price fixing

Healthcare and Life Sciences

Europe May Mandate

Barcodes For Drugs

Ohio hospital uses RFID

For asset tracking


New California law

Prohibits RFID 'skimming'

Lawmaker Targets RFID

In Privacy Push

RFID Tags - Smart Idea

Or Invasion of Privacy?

Practical Tips

For Implementing RFID Privacy Guidelines

Bar Code

Microsoft Tag

For SmartPhone and iPhone



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RFID World Conference Expands Focus

To Additional Technologies and Software

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Press Releases

A regular feature of HighTechAIDCourier will be a review of interesting press releases from around the world. Please send your press releases to, but do not forget to include a URL to the full release on your web site. Here are this month’s selections:

ASK receives “the best Entrepreneur of the Year” prestigious BFM award

Sophia, January 13, 2009 ASK has been awarded the 2008 “Best Entrepreneur of the year” BFM award for the South-Eastern area of France. This award acknowledges the company’s founder who benefited from an outstanding visibility over the year

AIM North America Taps Two Executives for the Board of Directors
Warrendale, Pa. - January 6, 2009 - AIM North America (NA) announced today the election of two industry executives to its seven-member Board of Directors. These industry leaders took office on January 1, 2009 for a three-year term.

ASK-intTag is born, the US JV between ASK and WS Packaging
GREEN BAY, Wis., December 8, 2008 WS Packaging Group, Inc. and ASK, a France-headquartered company with worldwide customers, have formed ASK-intTag™, a joint venture that will manufacture and market contactless cards and tickets for U.S. and Canadian markets.

AIM Global Announces Availability of Grid Matrix Code
New Bar Code is Designed to Encode Chinese Character Set Efficiently
Warrendale, PA – December 16, 2008 – AIM Global, the trade association recognized as the worldwide authority on automatic identification and mobility, today announced the public availability of International Symbology Specification-Grid Matrix.

Savi Wins Role on U.S. Department of Defense's RFID III Contract Vehicle
All U.S. Defense Services, Federal Agencies and Allied International Defense Forces Can Order from RFID III Contract
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Savi(R), a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company and provider of RFID-based supply chain products and solutions, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to compete for future task orders under the RFID III procurement contracting vehicle.

Learn about the World Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology Market
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE) announces that a new market research report related to the Wireless industry is available in its catalogue.
World Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology Market

Biometric Services International LLC (BSI) Receives ISO/IEC 17025 Re-Accreditation for Biometric Scenario, Technology and Operational Testing - December 17, 2008
Morgantown, WV - BSI today announced that it has been approved for continued ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation [General Requirements for Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories] by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) in the Information Technology field of testing.

Florida Hospital Chooses WaveMark's RTIM Solution to Optimize High-Value Inventory and Workflow
Inventory Management Solution Will Track over 4,000 Products in New Ginsburg Cardiac Tower
LITTLETON, Mass., Dec 17, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- WaveMark, Inc., a leading provider of real-time inventory management (RTIM) solutions for high value medical products, today announced its clinical inventory management solution, WaveMark CIMS(TM), has been selected by Florida Hospital to manage the hospital's high value, specialty inventory.

The Final Comment

We always try to find something to keep away those boring evenings while you wait to get back to work. This month is no exception, try these:

Even Santa can go a little holiday crazy

More exciting than circling classified ads!

Is it a car, is it a plane?
Yes it is real. But it hasn’t flown yet. It is however only $148k and they have orders.

History Buffs' Heaven

Figure out the card trick

Printable maps of the U.S.

Hard-to-find 800 Numbers: here they are!
800 Phone

Jet-powered bug (includes sound, QuickTime required)

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